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Open Skies Agreement at Japan-Australia Talks Raises Possibility of New Haneda-Australia Routes

Open Skies Agreement at Japan-Australia Talks Raises Possibility of New Haneda-Australia Routes

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On September 30, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced that an "open skies" accord had been agreed to in talks between Japan and Australia to liberalize air transport between the two countries that, among other things, will affect landing slots at Haneda Airport.

The agreement will apply the open skies accord to slots on routes between Haneda Airport and Australia in the late-night and early morning hours and will come into effect on routes to and from Narita when that airport expands its annual number of landing slots to 270,000 in the summer of 2013. The agreement will also liberalize "beyond rights" for transport from airports outside the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The new Haneda routes will be created through the effective utilization of unused landing slots on other routes during the late-night and early morning hours (11:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.). The beyond rights will allow airlines flying from Australia to land in Japan, pick up additional passengers and cargo, then fly on to a third country.

Aviation talks to conclude open skies accords are being held between Japan and other countries as part of the Japanese government's new growth strategy. Talks have been ongoing with East Asian countries, ASEAN members, the United States, Canada and others to agree to or confirm agreed schedules for complete liberalization. The Australian government and others hope that the open skies accord plus the opening up of landing slots at Haneda will allow Australian low-cost carriers (LCCs) to aggressively add routes to Japan while significantly increasing the number of travelers between the two countries.

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